Decision Making Checklist

May 1, 2012

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As leaders we are faced with making decisions in our businesses and in our lives.

We all know the old axiom:  If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.  Often times we are tempted to chase 2 opportunities, 2 strategies, 2 choices, all in an effort to not let something fall through the cracks or to have a ‘safety net’ to minimize failure.

But how do we determine the best decision so we have only one target come ‘wabbit’ season?


Consider the following checklist as you consider future decisions:

  • Is this consistent with my priorities?
  • Is this in my strengths zone?
  • Can someone else do it better?
  • What does my Inner Circle recommend?
  • Do I have, or can I acquire the resources required?


Look at a decision you made recently that did not work out quite as well as you had hoped and take that decision through this checklist.  What would you have done differently?


  1. 3 and 4 on your list are the hardest ones to implement.

    They both require transparency and the insecure leader avoids them.

    • Deb Ingino says:

      You’re right on that one James! Sad but true.

      That is where Managers and Leaders divide, one is smart enough to know they can’t and shouldn’t operate alone.

      A hard lesson for those of us that are ‘D’ wired especially, we tend to like a solo operation, but I have found my best work is done through others!

  2. I agree, #3 and #4 are the linchpins AND I had better have invested in my Inner Circle long before a big decision is staring me down. If my Inner Circle hasn’t had the time to get to know me and understand what I’m working for at a gut level, how can I trust their advice?

    Nice share, Deb! Thank you!!